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Panthers Talk Crosby

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Here’s what happened: Moments after Campbell and Maxime Talbot fought a good fight, Crosby and McLean lined up in the faceoff circle. The puck was dropped,

Crosby grabbed McLean and took him down, shaking and pulling him around the ice – without throwing a punch.

McLean cut the bridge of his nose when he hit the ice, and Crosby was sent away with four penalties – including instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct. Crosby’s fighting style has been criticized lately, especially after he repeatedly took below-the-belt shots at Atlanta’s Boris Valabik last month.

After the game, coach Pete DeBoer and McLean didn’t have much to say on the subject, but Nick Tarnasky and Nick Boynton sure did. Tarnasky’s comments to me should be construed as off the record since we were just chatting during the second break, but Boynton went off as he finished getting dressed.

We’re you hoping he’d get back on the ice? ‘‘Oh yeah,’’ Boynton said.

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more and watch the video below..

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Russia Looking For Revenge

from Matthew Sekeres of the Glob and Mail,

Because it took place during the NHL playoffs in a remote part of Russia, not a lot of North American fans saw Canada’s 8-0 demolition of the host country in the gold medal game of the world under-18 hockey championships last April.

But the Russians haven’t forgotten the humiliation.

His equipment had not yet been shed after a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in a world junior championship semi-final on Friday when centre Evgeni Grachev mentioned the Creaming in Kazan and said that Mother Russia owed Canada some payback.

Meanwhile, five players on Canada’s world junior team, and head coach Pat Quinn, helped author the annihilation, and most admit that it was one of those games where the stars aligned and where everything turned up maple leafs.

continued and you can catch the Canada/Russia game on the NHL Network in the US or TSN in Canada at 7:30pm ET tonight.  The other semi-final game begins at 3:30pm today with Sweden taking on Slovakia.

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Kane Out With Sore Ankle

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Patrick Kane won’t be in the lineup Sunday against Calgary after aggravating his right ankle injury in the Winter Classic.

Kane and coach Joel Quenneville called it a day-to-day situation with Quenneville saying the Hawks’ leading scorer would accompany the team on its three-game road trip to Phoenix, Colorado and Nashville.  “It’s nothing long term,” Quenneville said.

 

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Your All-Star Game Starters

from Adam Kimmelman of NHL.com,

The 2009 All-Star Game will be a celebration of the great history of the Montreal Canadiens during their centennial season.

While fans think fondly of the club’s great history, there also will be a lot to cheer for in the present, as the Eastern Conference starting lineup for the 2009 All-Star Game will be tinged in bleu, blanc et rouge.

Four Canadiens were voted to start the game—forward Alexei Kovalev, defensemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek, and goaltender Carey Price.

Joining the Montreal faction will be a pair of players from the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Eastern Conference champs.

continued

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Afternoon Line

I can only hope for the day when a kid in Texas can strap on a pair of blades in June and skate on an outdoor surface that simulates real ice. Only then does hockey have a chance to crack the national consciousness more often than when a Winter Classic game or Stanley Cup final is played.

But I don’t care today.

I am still fondly remembering Thursday’s Classic. It was a day to celebrate the sport for those who know it best and a chance to showcase it to the non-believers, and it was pulled off superbly.

If the rest of the U.S. wants to watch fly fishing, well, that’s their problem.

-Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC.

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Accidents Do Happen

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The death of Whitby Dunlops defenceman Don Sanderson struck a chord in hockey tough guys everywhere.

Theirs is the hardest job in sports and they are all acutely aware of the risks they take every time they drop the gloves.

“It does go through your head, but at the same time we have a job to do and it’s part of the game,” said Oilers enforcer Steve MacIntyre, who’s recovering from a broken orbital bone suffered in a fight with Eric Godard.

“A couple of my buddies had the same thing happen and fortunately they came through. It’s just the way it is, it’s the nature of the beast, you’re going to get hurt,

“It’s an accident, and accidents do happen. Heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, that’s for sure. You have to go on and deal with it the best you can.”

continued and watch a CBC report on the death of Don Sanderson and the fighting debate below…

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Legace Frustrated

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Legace, too, has failed to duplicate his All-Star season from last year, and his frustration spilled onto the ice at Friday morning’s practice. Legace was taking shots near the end of practice when he and Blues assistant coach Rick Wamsley engaged in a heated argument. Wamsley and Legace declined to comment after the game.

Legace has had a contentious relationship with the Blues, stemming from his decision to have knee surgery over the summer and a failed attempt to receive a contract extension last summer.

But a source said Friday that the bad blood was frustration from the team not winning. The coaching staff also had been upset with Legace earlier in the practice after he took several minutes to change skates on the team’s bench.

more on the Blues

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It’s A Blackhawks/Ducks All-Star Game

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Three Blackhawks are set to be Western Conference starters Jan. 25 in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

When fan voting closed at 7:59 p.m. Friday, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were leading the voting among forwards and Brian Campbell topped defensemen. The official announcement with final totals will be made Saturday….

The Anaheim Ducks would have the other three starters with Ryan Getzlaf third among forwards, Scott Niedermayer second among defensemen and Jean-Sebastien Giguere leading goaltenders.

a little more

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Free NHL GameCenter Live Tonight

NHL GameCenter Live is free tonight so give it a test run and see if it fits your viewing needs.

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Mid-Season Writers Poll

from Camwest News Service via the National Post,

Sean Avery dominated most hockey headlines during the first half of the National Hockey League season, so it was no surprise he was a hot topic in the second annual mid-season poll of Canwest hockey writers and columnists….

“This is a slam-dunk. When they buy him out in June, he’s going to get $8-million for about two months work and lot of aggravation in Dallas,” said Edmonton Journal writer Jim Matheson. “Good thing [Stars owner] Tom Hicks has lots of money.”...

Results of the second annual Canwest NHL mid-season poll (percentages are rounded to the nearest decimal point):

What team is most likely to finish in last place overall?

New York Islanders 55.6% Atlanta Thrashers 22.2% Tampa Bay Lightning 22.2%

Which team is most likely to make a second-half surge/recovery?

Dallas Stars 63.6% Edmonton Oilers 27.3% Los Angeles Kings 9.1%

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